St. Walburga

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/25


Patron Of: Against Mad Dogs, Antwerp, Belgium, Harvests, Against Coughs, Against Storms, Boatmen

Also known as
    Bugga
    Gaudurge
    Vaubourg
    Walpurga
    Walpurgis

Memorial

    25 February
    1 May
    12 October (translation of relics to Eichstätt)
    24 September (translation of relics to Zutphen)

Profile

    Daughter of Saint Richard the King. Sister of Saint Willibald and Saint Winebald. Student of Saint Tatta at Wimborne monastery, Dorset, England, where she later became a nun.

    Beginning in 748, she evangelized and healed pagans in what is now Germany with Saint Lioba, Saint Boniface, and her brothers, a mission that was very successful. Abbess of communities of men and of women at Heidenheim. Cures are ascribed to the oil that exudes from a rock on which her relics were placed, which together with her healing skills in life explains her patronage of plague, rabies, coughs, etc.

    The night of 1 May, the date of the translation of Walburga's relics to Eichstätt in 870, is known as Walpurgisnacht; it is also a pagan festival marking the beginning of summer and the revels of witches. Though the saint had no connection with this festival, her name became associated with witchcraft and country superstitions because of the date. It is possible that the protection of crops ascribed to her, represented by three ears of corn in her icons, may have been transferred to her from Mother Earth and the connection to this pagan holiday.

Born

    c.710 at Devonshire, Wessex, England

Died

    25 February 779 at Heidenheim, Swabia, Germany

Canonized

    by Pope Adrian II

Patronage

    against coughs
    against dog bites
    against famine
    against hydrophobia
    against mad dogs
    against plague
    against rabies
    against storms
    Antwerp, Belgium
    boatmen
    Eichstätt, Germany, diocese of
    Gronigen, Netherlands
    harvests
    mariners
    Oudenarde, Belgium
    Plymouth, England, diocese of
    sailors
    watermen
    Zutphen, Netherlands


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All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


 
 

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